Comings & Goings: September 2017

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Comings & Goings: September 2017

By Charlie Menchaca - 08/31/2017

Brand Marketers

Mondelez International, Deerfield, Illinois

McCain Foods president and CEO Dirk Van de Put will succeed Irene Rosenfeld as Mondelez International CEO in November. Van de Put has nearly 30 years of experience in the food and CPG industry, including executive positions at Novartis, The Coca-Cola Co. and Mars Inc.

PepsiCo, Purchase, New York

Ramon Laguarta, PepsiCo CEO, Europe Sub-Saharan Africa, was named company president. He is responsible for shaping the company’s corporate strategy, working closely with business units to deliver top-line growth, driving productivity and investing in new areas of disruptive innovation. He will oversee PepsiCo’s global category groups, global operations, corporate strategy, and public policy and government affairs functions.

Tyson Foods, Springdale, Arkansas

Tyson Foods president, retail, Sally Grimes was named group president, prepared foods; SVP and general manager Doug Ramsey was named group president, poultry; and former poultry president Noel White was named group president, fresh meats (beef and pork) and international. The group presidents will report directly to Tyson president and CEO Tom Hayes.

Under Armour, Baltimore

ALDO Group CEO Patrik Frisk was named Under Armour president and chief operating officer. He is responsible for the company’s go-to-market strategy and the execution of its long-term growth plan. He will report directly to CEO Kevin Plank.


Ace Hardware, Oak Brook, Illinois

Home Depot vice president of merchandising John Sommers Jr. was named to the same role at Ace Hardware. He succeeds Frank Carroll, who left the company last month, and will report to John Surane, Ace Hardware’s executive VP, merchandising, retail operations, business-to-business, and wholesale holdings.

Kroger, Cincinnati

Kroger has hired Aldi director of corporate buying Liz Ferneding as president of its Ruler Foods banner. She replaces Paul Bowen, who retired in May. Ferneding previously spent five years as Aldi’s director of marketing.

Office Depot, Boca Raton, Florida

Janet Schijns, former Verizon business executive leadership and VP – solution and sales channels, was named to Office Depot’s newly created position of senior vice president, services – copy, print and tech. In her role, Schijns will lead the office supply chain’s services strategy with an eye on execution and growth. She also will oversee the company’s regional print production facilities.

Walmart, Bentonville, Arkansas

Shawn Baldwin, senior vice president and general merchandise manager for produce and global food sourcing, will head up a new unspecified initiative for Hispanic customers. Baldwin will be replaced in his former position by Martin Mundo, who has held roles for the company in Argentina and other countries. The retailer also divided bakery and deli leadership, with Kerry Robinson remaining head of the bakery business and Tyler Lehr taking over deli services.

Solution Providers

Dunnhumby, Cincinnati

Dunnhumby managing director of Latin America and Africa Jose Gomes was named managing director of North America to focus on partnerships with top retailers and brands in the region. He will report directly to chief client officer Marc Fischli. Gomes also previously served as dunnhumby’s head of media services for Latin America.

Menasha, Neenah, Wisconsin

Michael Riegsecker, Menasha’s senior vice president of sales, was named chief operating officer of the company. In the newly created position, Riegsecker oversees operations, drives efficiencies and focuses on advancing strategic opportunities for the company. He continues to report to president Mike Waite.

Modagrafics, Rolling Meadows, Illinois

Former president of Rose Pallet Michael Loizzo was named Modagrafics vice president of sales. He will report directly to company president and CEO Paul Pirkle and collaborate with director of retail sales Brian Leyden to introduce retail graphics to fleet customers and fleet solutions to retail customers.

News America Marketing, New York

News America Marketing executive vice president, national sales manager, Robert Spitz was promoted to chief revenue officer. He will oversee the entire sales force, including the shopper marketing teams located in the U.S. and Canada. Former head of international Tim Ryan was named News America Marketing general manager for the Checkout 51 grocery savings mobile application.

Trans World Marketing, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Former LG&P senior account director Rick Townsend was appointed Trans World Marketing national account executive. He is responsible for developing and growing business relationships with brands and retailers.

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